40 Under 40 at the Shenandoah Valley Art Center

svac 40The Shenandoah Valley Art Center, during the month of March, is featuring, 40 Under 40. In this third annual show, the art center is highlighting the artwork of young and emerging artists.

The exhibit presents eighty curated pieces of art from an open artist call by invitation of the SVAC Exhibit Committee to Virginia artists less than 40 years of age.  The artwork presented in the exhibit includes sculpture, mixed media, photography and paintings, among others.  Many of the works push the envelope and are not traditional in subject, method, or process.  Some of the artists are formally educated and some are self-taught, with a great range of talent, skill, and ability represented.  Local artists presented in the exhibit: Emily Allred, Troy Argenbright, Leo Charre,  Jordan Coiner, Tammy Hornek, Pat Jarrett, Steve Kizer, Hannah Scott, and Craig Snodgrass, to list a few. An Opening Reception will be held March 7, 6:00-8:00 p.m. and the public is encouraged to come and meet the artists.

In the Upstairs Hallway Gallery, a tribute to art education features an exhibition of artwork by Waynesboro Public Schools art students.  The exhibit celebrates Youth Art Month, a national initiative promoting art and art education for kids.  Exhibiting artwork in a professional gallery is an important experience for the exposure of young artists to the world of art. A special Opening Reception will be held on March 5, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.  The Members’ Gallery will present “Words and Altered Books.”  A selection of creatively altered books by member artists will add a provocative perspective to the gallery experience.  Check out a new exhibition in the Docent Room of colorful abstract paintings by Jordan Coiner.

Come enjoy the gathering of folks seeking creative inspiration, camaraderie, and sharing of techniques through art activities and classes. Please join us for a free open studio opportunity on third Thursdays, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. with the Art Trading Card GroupWatercolor classes, taught by Pat Garnett, are designed to meet the needs of the student.  Come once, or come every week!  Bring paint, brushes, paper, and creativity each Tuesday, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. with an $11 fee per selected session. Precious Metal Clay is back! A two day workshop taught by Annie Armistead on March 7 and 8 will teach this art form ($270).  Pre-registration required! Learn Digital SLR Photography from the ground up with Paul Nelson. This four week class (March 3, 10, 17, 24, 7 – 9pm, $150) will take you from camera basics to the basics of Lightroom and Photoshop. Shenandoah Valley Art Center offers, the ever popular Saturday Art for Kids, presenting a creative art experience for young artists from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Contact the art center for specific information and pre-registration for each class. Open studio opportunities in the Virginia Ross Education Studio are available to printmakers and ceramic artists.  Apply on line at www.SVACart.com.

The art center continues to celebrate its retail alliance and partnership with the Artisan Center of Virginia. In the SVAC Gift Shop you can find the perfect creative gift in fiber, jewelry, wood, glass, pottery, and more by juried artisans from Virginia and SVAC members.

The Shenandoah Valley Art Center is located in downtown Waynesboro at 122 S. Wayne Avenue.  Galleries are open to the public 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.  For more information, call (540) 949-7662 or visit www.svacart.com.



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